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Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentees Awarded Full Post-Secondary Scholarships From CIBC

June 23, 2016

Thirty high potential grade 10 students, including 25 mentees from Big Brothers Big Sisters programs across Canada, received scholarships from CIBC, valued at up to $38,000 each, to help with their post-secondary education.

The CIBC Youthvision™ Scholarship Program is a unique partnership between CIBC, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC) and YMCA Canada that encourages youth involved in a mentoring program to pursue a post-secondary education. By combining resources, we are able to provide the financial, mentoring and internship support to ensure the scholarship recipients are equipped to succeed academically.

“Mentored youth thrive because mentoring establishes the foundation for healthy emotional and social development, a cornerstone of academic success,” said Peter Coleridge, BBBSC President & CEO. “Combining evidence-based mentoring with financial and internship opportunities have proven to be a winning combination for youth in this program as most go on to attain even further post-secondary education.”

Each year, between 140-200 Grade 10 students enrolled in a mentoring program with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada or the YMCA apply for the CIBC Youthvision Scholarship Program and 30 new scholarships are offered. Each scholarship is valued at $38,000 in combined work placements and tuition. The winners receive six summer internships through the YMCA that begin right after Grade 10 and a $4,000 annual contribution towards tuition for up to four years. The selected annual winners continue to receive ongoing mentoring from either Big Brothers Big Sisters or the YMCA until they graduate from their post-secondary education.

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Since the inception of the program in 1998, over $16 million has been committed and 530 lives have been changed thanks to CIBC’s commitment to children and youth.

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Jody Lundrigan
National Director, Marketing and Communications
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada
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